7 Tips for More Comfort while In-Flight

1. Do try to suck a sweet or chewing gum, swallow your saliva or yawning to equalize the pressure in your ears. If you are travelling with a baby or toddler, give them a pacifier or sweets for them to suck on. This will help them to “clear” their ears, especially during take-off and descent.

2. You are not advised to wear contact lenses while airborne as it will make your eyes dry. Spectacles would be more viable.

3. Avoid caffeinated, carbonated and alcoholic drinks as airplane air is extremely dry, and such alcoholic drinks could dehydrate you further. Sip water and juices regularly, at least a glass every hour.

4. Prolonged inactivity can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the formation of blood clots in deep veins in the legs. DVT symptoms include swelling and pain at the back of your leg, below the knee. To prevent it from happening, try to stretch your legs regularly or take a short stroll every other hour. Turn your neck sideways and do small hand and leg exercises while in your seat.

5. Alternatively, get a pair of compression socks, usually sold at pharmacies. The brand that I am currently using and which I found extremely good is lebont.

6. More people suffer jet lag after a long haul flight. You are advised to sleep as much as you can during the flight journey but avoid sleeping pills.

7. Wear loose clothing for long haul flight as you will allow yourselves more comfort and your body to relax as you are slumped in your seat for the next few hours.

Last but not least, have a pleasant journey to your destination.

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